The Danish Energy Agency has announced plans to build a huge artificial island in the North Sea that will receive, store and distribute electricity from hundreds of wind turbines..
The offshore energy hub will become the largest in the history of the country and will cost the treasury about $ 34 billion. The 12-hectare hydraulic structure will be located 80 km from the coastline. The final capacity of the island will be 10 GW, but at the initial stage it will supply about 3 GW.
When completed by 2033, the island will collect energy from the first 200 wind turbines, but more will continue to grow over time. Its main task will be to store and send electricity to European countries..
By 2050, Denmark plans to expand the island’s infrastructure with excess capacity, storage facilities and a harbor to extract hydrogen from seawater. Produced H2 will be used as fuel for ships, aircraft and trucks.
Denmark to build the worlds first 10 GW power island for $ 34 billion
According to the project description, the node will ultimately provide energy to about 10 million European households. The energy island should become one of the key elements of the program to eliminate the country from fossil fuels.
Danish government stimulates renewable energy development and companies develop better generator models for wind turbines.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Danish Energy Agency